Magical Mystery Tour
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This ascends the NW Spur of Pharaoh's Hat. It is one really long 70m rope stretcher of a pitch or one may break it up in between and build a belay along the way and make it two pitches. This starts on the far right or west end of the ledge system on the north side of The Hat. Take care traversing on this ledge system. A fixed tag line seemed to be appropriate here.
This is a direct line to the tower top of the Pharaoh's Hat. This side of the wall is more broken up than the other side, it was established ground up and despite rigorous cleaning efforts while climbing, some looseness, lichen, and dirt still prevails. I liked this climb alot, though....consider it an alpine type tower adventure.
Pitch #1: Climb out of the alcove up the ramp following bolts to an overhang. Climb through this first overhang to what becomes an obvious spur or arete. Numerous short cruxes finally lead you to easier terrain to the tower top. Use long slings to avoid rope drag. 5.9, 70m.
This is located 20-30m to the right (west) of Hat Trick along the same ramp system. Find the climb in an alcove with a wide chimney ramp/arete that exits the dark alcove. A tag line has been installed on this ramp protecting the narrow traverses and to the beginning of the climb.
Rappel 3 times with a single 60m rope from the top via Cat In The Hat/ Hat Trick.
QDs for 14 bolts and 4 fixed pitons. Assorted other small Camalots may also be desired.
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May 26, 2010
Went to climb this route today. Still a lot of loose rock. A foothold broke on me. One legged descent. Thanks for the golf club James! It helped me get back to the car. Still a beautiful area for climbing.